Born to Win (1971)

Born to Win (1971)

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Born to Win is the grimly ironic title of this jet-black comedy about heroin addicts. George Segal plays Jay Jay, an ex-hairdresser who struggles to support his expensive drug habit. To avoid arrest, Jay Jay turns "narc," informing on his fellow junkies. Eventually Jay Jay's sense of self-hatred threatens to overwhelm him. Also released as Born to Lose and Addict, Born to Win was the first American film for Czech director Ivan Passer.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Classics , Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Hector Elizondo
as The Geek
Paula Prentiss
as Veronica
Sylvia Syms
as Cashier
Jay Fletcher
as Billy Dynamite
Ed Madsen
as Detective
Irving Selbst
as Stanley
Jane Elder
as Girl's Mother
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Critic Reviews for Born to Win

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Uneven cynical drama about the NYC hard-drug scene.

Full Review… | April 1, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The main event is George Segal's whirligig of hipsterisms in the face of accelerating disaster

Full Review… | November 15, 2009
CinePassion

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October 7, 2005

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June 12, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Born to Win

½

Has comic moments, but Roger Ebert wrote "a good-bad movie that doesn't always work but has some really brilliant scenes." DeNiro: 2 minutes film time. This Czechslovac director, Ivan Passer, had a weird sense of humor making this film and casting comic actor Segal somehow made it legitimate as a comedy? It has few comic bits and it's NOT a comedy or even a dark comedy as often suggested. No, it's just a drama with some comic relief thrown in. [img]http://static.rogerebert.com/uploads/movie/movie_poster/born-to-win-1972/large_a3ZByaaOxykYXr0OO4WZxUPmmBn.jpg[/img] I like the then star of the film, George Segal (see-gal), a then semi-comedic actor for the most part but did serious dramatic roles as in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? a classic of the era. For me, seeing early DeNiro (for 1 minute total film time) and Karen Black was an extra added attraction. Listen at the 28:21 second point in the film. Segal and his friend run off with a package of heroin and there is dialog spoken as if in a Western movie. Listen closely and you will here a HORSE whinny! No kidding, the sound of a horse as heard in hundreds of westerns! Also at this point Robert DeNiro enters the film as an undercover agent with his police partner. He's only shown for about 2 minutes and near the end of the film! [img]http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSsteXHJ5lJP7LtdRcjcoEL86ZGB_yWChxHi6_RLV-HgUaDWTpXsg[/img] George Segal SEE the entire film here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbgUkq4IDi0 [img]http://www.movieposterdb.com/posters/09_02/1971/66856/l_66856_4c774f8f.jpg[/img] REVIEWS: 40% Drama about the hardships of a junkie whose addiction ruins his chance at having a normal life and has him involved in crime life just to get his fix.... 10% You would think with a cast like George Seagal, Hector Elizando and Robert DeNiro that this movie would be mediocre at best. I must say this is one of... 80% Roger Ebert wrote: [Director]Passer has a nice cynical sense of humor, and [George] Segal is a virtuoso at making his character funny and sad, laughing and laughed at, brave and pathetic. 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DeNiro appears for approximately 2 minutes of film time Directed by Ivan Passer Produced by Philip Langner Written by David Scott Milton (story) Ivan Passer [img]http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ_FmyhfUQRdO6JcrDtvM1J8aGHz5UcbQYwt9vEWZUStvB2Wdna7g[/img] Karen Black in 1971, now a veteran actress Starring George Segal Paula Prentiss Karen Black Hector Elizondo Jay Fletcher Robert De Niro Ed Madsen Music by William S. Fisher Cinematography Richard C. Kratina Jack Priestley Editing by Ralph Rosenblum December 1, 1971 Running time 88 min [img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/e/e0/Dvd_Born_to_Win.jpg/220px-Dvd_Born_to_Win.jpg[/img]

monsieur rick
monsieur rick
½

Why is Robert DeNiro on the cover?? He was in 5 minutes of the whole movie! Overall, I thought this film sucked, but George Segal was good in the role that was given to him and made it semi-worthwhile watching one time.

Sarah Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

Super Reviewer

½

DeNiro's hardly in it; the gifts of George Segal are almost the whole movie; a queasy feeling when we never know whether someone is making a bad move or a fatal one

Adam Mahler
Adam Mahler

Super Reviewer

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